Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports – as per the Express – before Arsenal’s heavy 3-0 defeat to Manchester City that he believes David Luiz and Mesut Ozil’s time is up at the Emirates.
Ozil, 31, is set to enter the final 12 months of his contract and was left out of Arsenal’s entire squad as Mikel Arteta’s side were completely outclassed by Pep Guardiola’s men at The Emirates. Luiz is out of contract on June 30.
The Brazilian has been heavily criticised after coming on as a substitute for the injured Pablo Mari, only to be at fault for Raheem Sterling’s opener, and then concede a penalty for Kevin De Bruyne to score. He was shown a red card.
Even before Wednesday night’s clash, Sky Sports pundit Carragher claimed Ozil’s absence and Luiz only making the substitutes bench suggested that both players are expected to leave the club – claiming their time at Arsenal is up.
“Well to be honest I think that’s Arsenal going forward, that’s what I’d like to see next season,” Carragher replied, when asked about Luiz and Ozil’s absence. “I wouldn’t want to see those players involved to be honest next season.
“Whether Mikel Arteta’s thinking like that. I think he is with David Luiz, I don’t think he will be there next season and I think Ozil has been a problem for the last few managers. They can’t get him out because of the wages he’s on.”
TBR’s view – Should Arsenal wave goodbye to Luiz and Ozil?
Carragher’s comments came before the match with the Brazilian named on the bench, but his dismal performance when entering the field of play midway through the first half completely backs up Carragher’s claims.
Luiz needs to leave, and Wednesday night may have even changed Arteta’s mind. Meanwhile, Ozil on his day is one of the Premier League’s best players but his enormous wages should see the Gunners also look to get rid.
Removing both from the wage bill would give Arsenal plenty of maneuverability in the transfer market.